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Less is more: maximizing the value of less data

By David Marshall

Many organizations struggle to juggle the exponential amounts of data and duplicate files distributed across multiple systems and locations. It’s common knowledge that having too many versions of the same data in too many places can be dangerous in business. These dangers typically appear as data governance and lineage issues, increased vulnerability points that must be monitored and protected, and increased storage and transmission costs. This list of problems doesn’t even factor in negative impacts on business outcomes—like delayed production, collaboration times, or limited insights.

When you have duplicates of the same data in multiple locations, tracking who has access to that data, how it has changed, and which version should be used becomes difficult. This can be problematic, as incorrect inputs can mean incorrect outputs. The more copy sprawl—the harder it is to trust the accuracy of the data to facilitate informed decision-making.

Worse, more data means you’re likely moving it around more often. And unfortunately, this increases exposure to vulnerabilities and security risks while in flight—meaning that organizations must ensure the security of more locations, platforms, and processes. Minor missteps in data security can open the door for serious data breaches, which could cost you millions of dollars in fines, compliance issues, and other reputational damages.

And let’s not forget system and operational performance. The greater the copy sprawl across multiple servers, the greater the potential for server overload—significantly slowing down real-time access to essential data and creating unmanageable and often costly problems for IT. It’s the same for users and operational processes—waiting on or using the wrong data can drive significant delays and errors.

Luckily, sophisticated solutions exist today to enable any application, whether at the edge, in a private or public cloud, or on-premises—to quickly move data between locations at rapid speeds, even across thousands of miles. And these solutions can do it without manipulating your data. Instead, a sophisticated system of encryption, authentication and authorization protocols, and shipment segmentation provide peace of mind and greater control over how sensitive information is used and shared throughout the organization.

Even better—modern, innovative solutions now enable you to access your data without ever having to move it.

Remote data access technology can transform unstructured data into a single, globally accessible dataset, providing users and applications with real-time, secure access to globally-dispersed file and object data across distributed, hybrid, and multi-cloud environments—all while your data stays in place.

These solutions minimize the need to move data, and the data they do move is transported securely and hyper-fast.

Better yet, when data is accessed remotely, there’s only one version copy to access, resulting in decreased data bloating expenditures and complexities—this benefits employees and applications by enabling them more time to use the data versus having to reconcile different data sets—improving performance and expediting operations.

Are you ready for streamlined, efficient, and agile access to your data? Contact Vcinity today to learn how our modern data movement and remote data access solutions are revolutionizing how organizations maximize the value of less data.